The committee also considered external factors outlined in Chapter 3 in scoring for program relevance and program impact.
On the basis of information provided by NIOSH and others and its own experience and expertise, the committee assessed the degree to which the AFF Program has led and carried out research most relevant to improvements in workplace protection in agriculture, forestry, and fishing. The committee converted that assessment into a score of 4 for relevance, based on a 5-point scale described in the Framework Document (Box 10-1).
The committee arrived at this score for the program as a whole after considerable deliberation. As one would expect for any research program as diverse as the AFF Program, the research carried out in some subprograms was more relevant than in others, as shown in the detailed evaluations presented in Chapters 4-9. In addition, the rating scale for relevance provided in Box 10-1 required the committee to consider more than one characteristic of relevance (e.g., priority of research, level of engagement in transfer activities), and the committee’s evaluation of these different characteristics did not always fit neatly into a single score. For example,
Scale for Rating Program Relevance